Famous Authors –
Roald Dahl
 Roald Dahl is, without doubt, most
children’s favourite author.
 But WHY???
What do you like about Roald
Dahl’s books and poems?
The characters?
The exciting stories?
Do you think they are funny?
Dahl’s stories are modern-day fairy tales.
His universe is one of magical
happenings, peopled by
characters who are
obviously good
or obviously bad.
This polarization of characters is
reinforced by detailed descriptions,
usually of their physical attributes.
Can you think of any characters that look
Dahl uses language to create humour.
Dahl constructs whole new
languages from sound-words.
‘When all the other giants is galloping off every
what way and which to swollop human beans, I
is scuddling away to other places to blow
dreams into the bedrooms of sleeping children.’
(From the BFG)
He uses descriptive language to build
a vivid picture in the mind of the reader.
‘The Enormous Crocodile laughed so
much his teeth rattled together like
pennies in a moneybox.’
Dahl presents unusual and
improbable events as ordinary.
‘They all peered down
anxiously at the sharks
who were cruising slowly
round and round the
From James
and the Giant Peach
Can you think of any other unusual and
unbelievable events in any Roald Dahl

Famous Authors – Roald Dahl